– Detachment from material things – charity – loving God and neighbour above everything else –
You cannot imagine the joy felt in depriving one’s self of some considerable amount of money or a cherished material object – an expensive garment, for example – in order to give it to a needy person.
It is like a link binding together that poor person and ourselves, and making us a sharer in all his prayers and in all his meritorious acts. It seems as though God could not think of him without thinking of us, and as though He could not love him without loving us also.
Besides, God always sends into the heart some little joy, to take the place of the material object of which we deprive ourselves for the poor.
– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889